12 Mar

Is This Counselor a Good Fit? Featuring Cynthia McRae, PhD

Dr. Cynthia McRae, PhD joined Grace Counseling in 2018. She brings a unique set of skills to our team, and we are thrilled to have her join us. Take a few minutes to see if she would be a good fit for your or your family’s needs.

How long have you lived in Colorado?

I’ve lived in Colorado most of my adult life, having moved away to go to graduate school for several years before moving back to Denver in 1987.

What do you like to do on the weekends?

I enjoy the outdoors, spending time with family and friends, playing music, and writing.

What clients are you best suited to help?

I am best suited to working with adults, and particularly older adults; with individuals with chronic diseases and those who are care partners. Health psychology has been my focus for years as a professor at DU so I also feel able to help people with health-related issues. I also enjoy the spiritual exploration that is often part of the journey as we mature. I’ve found my skills are also especially well-suited to help older adults who are dealing with life transitions, marriage issues, navigating issues with adult children, and adjusting to life as your children graduate school and move into their own home.

Do you offer any specialized types of therapy?

In addition to using therapeutic approaches that I think are most appropriate for the patient I’m seeing, I am trained as a spiritual director and am very happy to serve in that capacity as well.

What drew you to become a psychologist?

As a classically trained musician, it never crossed my mind to become a psychologist. However, in my role as a clergy wife, I found that I listened a lot to other people and helped care for them in a variety of ways. Before I started graduate school, I worked as a secretary at a university counseling center and realized that the environment and concerns discussed at the center were of great interest to me. I had found a new niche that satisfied my desire to help people along with the intellectual stimulation to keep me learning and growing.

What is your favorite part of being a counselor?

It is a privilege to be allowed into individuals’ lives and to share part of life’s journey with them. It is humbling to see clients learn and grow and develop in ways that lead to more satisfying lives.

How do you use your faith to guide your patients?

I pray before I see patients and, if appropriate, I may pray with patients during or at the end of a session.

If you feel Dr. Cynthia McRae would be a good fit for your needs, call (720) 489-8555 or contact us to make an appointment.


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